I have had the honor of recently being notified that I have both received a nomination and appointment to attend USNA class of 2021. I see this as a huge blessing but the more I research the Naval Academy, the more negative perspectives and opinions I come into contact with. I have also received a Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship to Texas A&M University and am happy with the options that God has given me in terms of education before service. I have read reviews of USNA from people who graduated anywhere from 20-50 years ago but with today's changing political atmosphere, I would like a fresh perspective from those who graduated 1-5 years ago. Just to be clear, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and am trying to figure out which option would be best for me. What I've heard about A&M ROTC and Corps of Cadets: Close to Home Part time college-student, part time midshipmen Modern classes and environment Traditions, Alumni, and a vast network upon graduation Opportunities within the Corps (training exercises) A fair amount of downtime Not as focused as a Service Academy What I've heard about USNA: Not that different from an ROTC program Great opportunities to make connections such as politicians, guest speakers, future service members Being able to be immersed in military lifestyle and learn to lead USNA is a constant grind and many people have said the best part of USNA is leaving and being able to say you graduated The educational program (degree path) is not as up-to-date and emphasized as leadership skills and military knowledge Many doors opened and opportunities post-graduation I am not as concerned with which school I attend as I am with being able to serve in the Marine Corps. Any and all perspectives and advice are welcome. I'm just an 18 year old trying to figure this out. My main question is: What was your time spent at USNA like, how did it help you, and would you choose another route (ROTC) if possible?